Using UObjects instead of structs and components

UObjects in the details panel don’t show anything, just “None”
Construct object from class blueprint doesn’t work for UObjects and derived types :frowning:

I’m experimenting with using UObjects as the base class for all of my game items. The type is Item_Base, deriving from UObject. These are all stored in the GameMode on the server, in a MAP where the key is an integer ID.
On the server, if an actor is created, the actor has an Item_Base variable referencing the original. Same for inventories on the server. If the client needs the inventory info or other data, it gets sent a quick and dirty struct containing the needed information.

I like this system so far, because everybody just has the reference to the central item. On the server, no need to pass around a bunch of structs.

The big downside that I can see has to do with the details panel. If you want to examine say…a chest, the Item_Base doesn’t show any values or anything. It looks like an empty, uninitialized object.

I don’t know how unreal handles showing UObject data in details, maybe using reflection, serialization or whatever. But to me, UObjects are perfect for this situation since they give more functionality than structs, but are leaner than components.

Should I just fold and use components instead, even though I don’t need the extra functionality? I don’t see any benefit from going back to structs.

Also, I’d like to be able to construct a uobject give the class, but that doesn’t work…seems like you an only execute that if you give it an actor. I don’t understand the rational behind this either. Others have reported this, and the only answer is to create some C++.

Does anyone have any thoughts on showing UObject details (or do I need to create a custom view, via C++)?
Also, would anyone be willing to offer their thoughts on using UObjects in this way, for game items?

im thinking the same thing, I had issues when I nested structs and needed to update multiple levels at once,

my thoughts are mixed atm as I’m only two days into refreshing an extremely large game to use to Uobjects and C++ Structs…

c++ structs seems to have some pretty cool funtinality similar to data assets in the terms of writing functions to handle the requested variable, I’m still testing the waters of how much I want to do in c++ and what is more beneficial to just do in the engine. but so far I moving away from the engine made structs in favour for c++ but since i have a lot of structs for a single subsystem I’m wrapping them up in a UObject and that’s why i landed here… trying to initialize them has got me puzzled a bit